Foes F275 – 650b Round Up

27.5 All Mountain Trail Enduro

The Foes F275 did not have as strong a parts spec as most of the other bikes in our comparison. The Hayes brakes don’t quite stack up to the Shimano XT (or SLX) brakes on the other bikes. Also, compared to the Schwalbe’s, the Kenda Nevegals were not our favorite. The Crank Brothers Kronolog dropper post also had a bit of play in it. However, the F275 is available as a frame or a complete bike, so you might want to consider going with the frame purchase and spec’ing the bike to your personal tastes particularly if you have your own favorites already in mind.

With a real world weight of 31.76, the Foes F275 was the heaviest bike in our comparison.

The Foes F275 comes in 3 sizes (SM, MD, LG) and an amazing 24 awesome colors ($200 up-charge for custom colors). The frame MSRP is $2399 (FOX Float CTD adjustable Kashima shock – MSRP $2399) or $2649 (Cane Creek Double Barrel AIR shock).

Strengths:

  • Plush on the downhills
  • The lowest and the slackest
  • Laterally stiff
  • Unbellievable welds and construction
  • Made in the USA

Weaknesses:

  • Weight
  • Not as efficient at climbing as some of the other bikes tested

Conclusion:
The Foes F275 is an American-made, super beefy aluminum frame with nice quality welds. This wheel size has really injected a shot of adrenalin into this company as it complements what they’ve been doing all along perfectly.  Now they have a bike that is truly All Mountain.  It descends, carves and flies through the air with confidence with its supple suspension. It feels planted and secure with the bigger wheel and capable suspension. Foes made this one slack and low and you will appreciate that as you carve through obstacle-strewn runs and wonder when you learned to ride so well.

For more information: www.foesracing.com

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • wil8250 says:

    Might want to change the wording in the conclusion… it refers to how “Intense made this one slack and low”

  • sgill32 says:

    Nice review and great photos. Absolutely amazing bike…I got to have one of these!

  • slowrider says:

    I love the Foes but the seat angle is too slack and misses the claimed angle by quite a bilt, I wonder if it would help it pedal better seated if the seat angle was 3+ degrees steeper, moving the riders weight bias toward the front a hair.

    • sgill32 says:

      @slowrider
      I think the F275 claimed seat tube angle is the ESA (effective seat tube angle) which is different than the ASA (actual seat tube angle). Check the picture of the measured seat tube angle of the Norco and compare against the Norco spec sheets…same thing but they actually clarify on their spec sheet.

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